New joint order approves training bubble of PH athletes

Published June 2, 2021, 1:32 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

National athletes can now start their long delayed training for the 31st Southeast Asian Games (MB Photo)

National athletes bound for the 31st Southeast Asian Games late this year can now hold their respective bubble trainings following the latest guidelines issued by the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) group.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Butch Ramirez thanked the government through the Inter-Agency Task Force for approving the said JAO guidelines for safety and precautionary measures of the athletes and coaches preparing for the biennial meet.

“This will boost the morale of our national team members,” Ramirez said.

The other signatories in the tripartite group are Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The development came after the successful inoculation of Tokyo Olympics- and SEAG-bound athletes last week, as well as the upcoming resumption of national team trainings in July.

All athletes and coaches are expected to be fully vaccinated in the coming months.

Under the guidelines, national teams can hold trainings in areas placed under moderate and low-risk community quarantine.

It must be under strict supervision and monitoring from must be under strict supervision and monitoring from the PSC Medical Scientific Athletes Services (MSAS) Unite and JAO-designated Health and Safety Officers.

National sports associations must also coordinate with the Philippine Olympic Committee or the Philippine Paralympic Committee to the PSC for their training plans, with participating athletes under 18 years old required to submit written parental consent.

Plans and activities must also be coordinated with the host local government unit and Regional IATF.

Several teams have already been under bubble training that include archery in Dumaguete City, fencing in Ormoc City, weightlifting in Cebu, Bohol and Zamboanga City, sepak takraw and beach volleyball in Ilocos Norte, and canoe-kayak/dragonboat in Tacloban, to name a few.

The PSC is actually planning to host bubble training in its Baguio City facilities for select sports such as boxing, athletics and karate, among others.